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Ferenc Berkes vs Eric Hansen
Bundesliga (2013/14), Munich GER, rd 1, Oct-12
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0
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Oct-19-13  DrAttitude: GM Ferenc Berkes 2706. GM Eric Hansen 2584. 1-0. I had not seen 9. Nd2 in this variation of the Exchange Gruenfeld before. If Black takes the c pawn on c3 with 9....Qxc3 then White will skewer the Black c8 Bishop with 10. Rc1 Q moves then 11. Rxc8+. Then GM Eric Hansen is in for a world of hurt! Loss of piece and loss of castling. Chess members any theory you have on this variation can you please report it. I note that Black does not take the c3 pawn on the 10th nor 11th move by move 14 the c3 pawn is protected by 14. Rfc1 and indirectly : 14....Bxc3 then 15 Nc4 Qb4 16. Rab1 and the Black Bishop on c3 is loss.

After 15 f4 and 16 e5 White has a major space advantage and has diminished Black's Bishop and Knight.

17....Qxc4 was a subtle mistake by Black. 17....Qc6 would have protected the vulnerable c5 pawn and allowed Black much better chances of counter attack.

I do not think Black expected 21.f5 and fell behind in time. Black's subsequent defense of his queen side pawns was quite poor.

Once White wrested control of the 8th rank from Black, White used tactics to threaten the Black Bishop and Black e7 pawn, Black's c5 pawn and push the Black King to the side of the board.

With 33. Bxc5 the White c3 pawn that initially started the game on b2 became White's primary weapon to end the game. An extra passed pawn in the endgame is a very powerful weapon.

Apr-05-16  SimplicityRichard: <DrAttitude> Well analysed. Thank you.#
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